Keep the event open / Tell me I don’t think so

Opening January 11 from 7-9

Performance at 7:30

Coquit Gallery is excited to present a new collaborative performance and exhibition by artists Alexis Hudgins and Jason Underhill. In the exhibition Keep the event open / Tell me I don’t think so these frequent collaborators will merge their practices of writing, drawing, painting and performance with Hudgins reading from her recent novella of the same name, while Underhill will draw in tandem—on a kinda junky laptop connected to a video projector— generating accompanying imagery to Hudgins text. 


Hudgins’ novella, Keep The Event Open, consists of narrative vignettes around the mothering of her then-infant daughter and the renovation of a pre-existing treehouse in San Diego, while Underhill’s humorous drawings and cartoons imagine scenarios of surreal comic dread in ostensibly banal and everyday circumstances. Drawing works by both artists will be installed as an exhibition at the gallery until early February. 

Jason Underhill (b. 1982, Los Angeles, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist. His cartoons have been published in The Los Angeles Times and he has authored four books of drawings: 3 Songs (2019), Source (2019), Fuller House - It Takes Two, (2016) and You’re Pro Bono (2015)  as well as a collection of screenplays from his short film series The (Long and Winding) Road to Margaritaville (2011). His videos, performances and installations have been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, The Box, Los Angeles, The ICA, London, The Royal Academy of Art, London, Das Weisse Haus, Vienna, and Dan Graham Gallery, Los Angeles. 


Alexis Hudgins (b. 1979, Atlanta, GA) is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice co-opts methods used in the production of reality TV to generate new forms through writing, installation, video and performance. Using her experience as a producer, her work explores the similarities and ruptures between the experienced and the produced; less as a critique of media culture than an expression of it. Hudgins is a doctoral student in Art History Theory and Criticism with a concentration in art practice at University of California, San Diego, and holds an MFA in Photography from the University of California, Los Angeles, a BFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts, and a BA in Art History from Emory University.